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PhD Entrance

PhD Entrance Test

As per the New UGC 2009 guideline, qualifying the PhD Entrance Test is must for Admission in PhD course in any university of India.

Eligibility: Master’s degree in concern subject with at least 55% marks

Exemption from the Entrance Exam: Most of the Government Universities, Deemed Universities and Private universities exempt following candidates from the exam

The students who have qualified UGC(NET)/ UGC-CSIR (JRF) examination/SLET/GATE/GPAT/ICAR/INSPIRE/Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship awardees/teacher-fellowship holders, are exempted from the  PhD entrance exam. They can directly apply for the PhD admission.

Entrance Exam Syllabus: Most of the universities take paper on General aptitude and concern subject in which students wants to take admission.

General Aptitude/ Research Aptitude: Below mention topics are included in most of the universities, however, it may change in every university.

 (a)    Research Aptitude

Definition of Research Problem, Identification of problems of regional and local level, Considerations in selection of problem, Research process, Review of literature, Research objectives, Hypothesis and models, Research scheme/design.

(b)   General Awareness

Science, Environment, Current Affairs (Science, Social needs, technology and related),GK

(c)    Quantitative Techniques

Elementarily Statistics: Mean, Median, Mode, SD, Variance covariance, Z score, Conceptual hypothesis testing

(d) Concern Subject: Check university website for which you are looking for  admission.

Imp Note: Students who are preparing for the PhD entrance exam should look the particular university website for its syllabus.

Stipend/ Fellowship: Student who have qualified UGC(NET)/ UGC-CSIR (JRF) /GATE/GPAT/ICAR/INSPIRE/ can get fellowship for JRF & SRF as per the rules of UGC.

Some of the private & deemed universities also provide their specific fellowship for the students who not qualified above mention exams.

Entrance Test Date: June & Dec of every year for most of the universities.

Top PhD Entrance Exams for Pharmacy & Life sciences in India


Name of entrance test Tentative Dates Conducted Body
NIPER PhD Entrance Exam June National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)
CSIR-UGC NET exam June and December Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India
JRF-GATE Feb Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India
ICMR JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS July The Indian Council of Medical Research New Delhi
DBT JRF Biotech  Entrance Test February Department of Biotechnology
Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) December National Centre for Biological Sciences  Bangalore
TIFR Graduate School Admission Entrance Test November Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai
IISC PhD Entrance Exam April Indian Institute of Science  Bangalore
IIT, BHU June Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
AIIMS PhD Entrance Exam Jan, July All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi
Panjab University June Panjab University, Chandigarh
NIMHANS February National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences  Bangalore
JNU PhD Entrance May Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi
Jadhavpur University June Jadhavpur University, Jadhavpur
BITS, Pilani July BITS, Pilani
BIT Mesra June BIT Mesra, Ranchi
University of Hyderabad PhD Entrance Exam June University of Hyderabad
GTU PhD Entrance Exam April Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad
NBRC PhD Entrance Exam May National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
CUCET May All Central Universities of India
BARC -PhD Admission Test February Bhabha Atomic Research Centre ( BARC )
Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly PhD Admission Test May ICAR Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly
Osmania University PhD Entrance June Osmania University, Hyderabad
Aligarh Muslim University  PhD Entrance Exam June AMU, Aligarh
Bharti Vidyapeeth May Bharti Vidyapeeth university,Pune
Guru Jambheshwar University GJUST – PhD Entrance Test January Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar
Punjabi University, Patiala May Punjabi University, Patiala
Jamia Hamdard May Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi


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